It is a commonly understood fact that drunk drivers are dangerous drivers. Further, we know that drunk drivers are out there. Do you, however, know how to spot a drunk driver in your midst and what to do once you do spot such a driver? Understanding the basics regarding identifying drunk drivers and responding accordingly can help you contribute to keeping our roadways safe.
The Hallmarks of Drunk Driving
Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol exhibit a wide range of dangerous driving practices, but there are several that you should be on the lookout for, and these include:
- A driver who drifts in and out of lanes
- A driver who does not bother using blinkers, who allows his or her blinkers to remain on, or who fails to appropriately disengage his or her high beams
- A driver who drives too slowly or overly cautiously in a misguided attempt to compensate for inebriation
- A driver who speeds recklessly and/or who tailgates
- A driver who disregards traffic signs and signals
- A driver who goes the wrong way down a roadway
- A driver who, in general, exhibits erratic driving practices
Any of these alone – or in combination – can signal a drunk driver, and they are all exceedingly dangerous practices.
You learned it in Driver’s Education, and it remains true to this day – driving defensively is the safest path forward. This means it is your job to pay attention to the traffic all around you and to react accordingly. If you spot a drunk, drowsy, aggressive, distracted or otherwise dangerous driver on the road, give that driver as much space as you possibly can. If another driver’s actions catch your attention, there is probably a reason for it; heed the warning signs, and stay out of his or her way.
Report Impaired Drivers
If you spot a driver whom you suspect of being impaired, it’s probably a good idea to report that driver to your local police department. When it is safe to do so, call 911 and relay the details that you have committed to memory. For example, information related to the make, model, estimated year, and color of the vehicle in question; the car’s location; and the details of what you observed can all contribute to the authorities’ ability to take an exceedingly dangerous driver off the road. In fact, you could help save a life.
If a Drunk Driver Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Personal Injury Attorney Today
Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs make our highways and byways that much more dangerous. Attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is committed to helping you fully recover on any damages you have suffered at the hands of an inebriated driver. Mr. Pritchard has the experience, knowledge, and skill to help you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.